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Spring 2017 Regional Caucus


The Spring 2017 Regional Caucus Sessions will begin next week. The FNHC is continuing the process of engagement and planning with First Nations on the social determinants of health. The upcoming Regional Caucus dates will focus on children and family wellbeing with an emphasis on early years.

We are very pleased to announce that Terry Cross, founder of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, will be in attendance at each session. His presentation was a highlight for many at Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey VIII and can be found below. Mr. Cross will be leading a workshop on Indigenous systems of care.

The regional caucuses will invite federal departments to engage directly with First Nations on key issues that impact health, including:

  • Reforming the First Nation Children and Family Services Program (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Developing an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework (Employment and Social Development Canada)
  • Developing a National Poverty Reduction Strategy (Employment and Social Development Canada)

The round of Regional Caucus marks an exciting opportunity for First Nations leaders to plan and articulate their priorities from a Community-Driven, Nation-Based perspective. We hope you will join us!

Registration is still open for the below Spring 2017 Regional Caucus dates:

May 9-11: Fraser Salish – Register Here.
May 16-18: Interior – Register Here.
May 24-26: Northern – Register Here.
May 30-June 1: Vancouver Coastal – Register Here.
June 13-15: Vancouver Island – Register Here.

FNHC Social Determinants of Health Discussion Guide

The FNHC Social Determinants of Health Discussion Guide was prepared by the First Nations Health Council to support discussions on the social determinants of health at Sub-Regional and Regional Caucuses.

This is a tool, used to show the link between specific challenges and health outcomes. It includes specific information on children and family wellbeing, early childhood experiences and poverty to reflect the three main themes of the Regional Caucus.

It also includes the opportunity for leadership to plan and identify areas for investments in capacity. This discussion guide is for informational purposes only and will not be used to collect information from communities.

Read the guide here (PDF 17 MB)

Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey VIII Summary Report

Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey VIII took place November 30 to December 2, 2016 on Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver.

The FNHC would like to thank the Chiefs, Leaders, Elders, Health Directors, and Caregivers who attended. We thank you for taking time to contribute to this important conversation. Your wisdom and advice will guide us as we work together to achieve the shared vision of healthy, self-determining and vibrant First Nations children, families and communities.

Download the Summary Report here (PDF 12.5 MB)

Gathering Wisdom VIII Presentations

In advance of the coming regional caucus sessions, watch some notable presentations from Gathering Wisdom VIII.